Bach's language

In about 1722 J. S. Bach wrote a series of preludes and fugues which explored the possibilities of what was then a relatively new system of tuning: "Equal Temperament".

This new system enabled music to wander freely from key to key, in effect expanding the story telling ability of western music.

J.S. Bach

The collection explores all the keys, major and minor, and is still revered and studied today as a master treatise on harmony, counterpoint and melodic invention.

Prelude 1 is in C major, and has the simplest texture of the entire set, consisting of rippling arpeggios in a steady rhythm. The melody is implied by the upper voice, which is also syncopated by nature of it's place in the figure. This is "syncopation without really trying"!

The piece lays pretty well on the guitar, which gives some insight into the wisdom of the standard tuning of this instrument.

Interestingly the piece forms a fantastic "5 finger exercise" for the right hand. Did Bach intend this? I don't know. He was familiar with the lute, so, maybe?

The purpose of this book is help guitarists benefit from insight into the mind of one of music's indisputable giants, and to add this very popular piece to their repertoire.

Bach's Guitar: Master Chords and unlock your Right Hand

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This is the second book in my series: "The Whole Guitarist: Let's play Music!".